[mythtv-users] Virtualized MythTV?

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Fri May 2 13:43:44 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM, Danie Brink <danie.brink at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been using MythTV at home for a while & it works great. I've just been
> asked to come up with something similar for an apartment complex. Anyone
> ever tried running a BE under Xen/VMWare? I need (for a start) 20 separate
> BE systems and ideally want to avoid getting 20 physical machines (I'd have
> to start dangling boxes out the little server room's window).
> I was thinking of putting 5 virtual servers on each server (Dual Xeon 3GHz
> QC machines with 12GB RAM each & a PVR-250 or Plextor TV402U dedicated to
> each virtual machine). The servers have tons of storage so I'm not too
> concerned about transcoding, just recording & playing back pre-encoded video
> files (MPEG2 & DivX) & serving up photos & mp3s.
> Anyone ever try anything like this?

The big problem is getting the capture card into the guest. I have
heard some users doing this with ivtv and xen but there were some
problems. I do not think that vmware has the ability of making real
hardware visible to a guest.


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